Becoming a criminal profiler in Australia requires years of hard work and determination. Achieving the vast depth of skills and techniques required to become a profiler involves studying a related degree to, at least, the bachelor's level. Even when you take up a role in criminal psychology, there is still a long learning curve as you constantly gain experience on the job.
To help bolster your budding criminal profiling career, it is worthwhile to become affiliated with a national organization such as the Australian Psychological Society.
Search the variety of profiling-related courses available in Australia. Relevant degrees include any and all kinds of psychological courses, especially criminal psychology. Social science courses and science degrees are also applicable. The other option is to study a bachelor's degree in an unrelated discipline and then read for a relevant postgraduate course. Again, the relevant courses are similar to those relevant at an undergraduate level.
Apply for your chosen university course. Once you have decided which course you wish to study, apply. Frequently, you are required to answer essay questions. These examine your basic knowledge of the course you wish to study as well as assess whether or not you are suited to that particular degree course.
Supply two references with your application. Try and select two references from different aspects of your life to provide as broad a picture of your character as possible.
Complete your degree course. Whichever course you have chosen, you will normally be required to complete a dissertation or project in your final year. In terms of gaining employment as a criminal profiler, you should consider tailoring your dissertation or project towards criminal psychology.
Apply for internships and work placements during your degree studies. You should try to fill your university holidays with work placements. Not only do these look excellent on your resume, but they also give you hands-on experience in profiling-related careers.
Apply for membership with a national psychological organization such as the Australian Psychological Society (APS.) Membership with a national organization comes with several benefits, the most important being a boost to your career prospects. Through an organization, you can gain access to exclusive job listings as well as specialized career seminars and lectures. Furthermore, membership adds another layer to your qualifications, and underlines your credentials as a good candidate.
Search and apply for jobs as a criminal profiler. If you find this search to be too narrow, broaden your search criteria by looking for other roles within the justice system or broader roles in the field of psychology. Emphasize your own personal strengths when interviewing for roles. If your course and dissertation was related to criminal psychology, then make this clear to potential employers. Furthermore, speak of your experiences in any relevant internships or work placements you have carried out.